Gabriel CwilichDr. Gabriel Cwilich, professor of physics and interim division coordinator of natural and mathematical sciences, had a productive sabbatical leave in 2017-2018. For most of that year, he was based at the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), in San Sebastian, Spain, as a visiting scholar, where he did research in photonics and disordered systems, and in network theory.

While at the DIPC, he gave a series of three lectures on network theory and an invited seminar on “Science and contemporary theater: A symbiotic relationship?” He also attended and presented his work at several conferences: Complenet XVII (on complex networks) in Dubrovnik, Croatia; DINAMO II in Siglufjordor, Iceland (where he was one of the organizers); the 103 Annual Meeting of the Argentinean Physical Society in Buenos Aires, Argentina; TREFEMAC 2018 in Mar del Plata, Argentina; a talk on network theory and the business world at Nisum Global Technologies, Santiago, Chile; and a colloquium at La Guardia Community College (CUNY) in New York City.

He was a visiting researcher and lectured about his work at the Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Madrid and the Universidad Autonomy de Madrid, Spain; the Institut Langevin, affiliated with Ecole the Physique-Chemie Industrielle de la ville de Paris, France; the Department of Physics of the University de Fribourg, Switzerland; Imperial College and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; the University of Rosario, Argentina; and the University of San Luis, Argentina.

Upcoming activities include a presentation at The International Complex Systems Society in Thessaloniki, Greece; two talks at the University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; the DINAMO Conference in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; work in the University of San Luis and the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he will be a visiting professor for a few months; a talk at the triennial International Meeting of Statistical Physics, also in Buenos Aires; and a keynote speech at the Soft Matter, Inspiration and Photonics Symposium, in Messkirch, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

“Part of the research I presented and will present at some of these meetings was done here at YU, together with former and current advanced undergraduate students in physics and graduate students in mathematics; their creativity, energy, dedication and love for science will never cease to amaze me.”

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